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    SIKHOTE-ALIN - EXOTIC METEORITE WITH DOUBLE ORIENTATION FROM THE LARGEST METEORITE SHOWER SINCE THE DAWN OF CIVILIZATION
    Iron, coarse octahedrite - IIAB
    Maritime Territory, Siberia, Russia - (46° 9' 36"N, 134° 39' 12"E)
    Although it originated from the same event as the previous two lots, this meteorite is also oriented: unlike 99% of all meteorites, it did not tumble, spin or invert while plunging through the atmosphere. In nearly all oriented meteorites, the leading edge displays a very different character than the meteorite's "far side" - but that's not the case here. This meteorite flipped, or inverted, just long enough to become an extraordinarily rare doubly oriented meteorite. Richly evident along the edges of both sides of this rarity are the telltale rivulets where molten material streamed off its surface as it melted during its descent; its elevated rims are also distinctive of orientation. From the largest meteorite shower in recorded human history, making a showstopping entrance, this specimen is truly unique. 85 x 39 x 16mm (3.33 x 1.5 x 0.66 inches) and 152.18 grams (0.33 pounds)


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    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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